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  • Call for Volunteers

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Professional Development Committee

I am pleased to announce that Steven Lesh, PT, PhD has been appointed to fill the unexpired portion of Dr. Tamara Gravano's term as the Academy's Director of Professional Development through June 2024. Dr. Lesh is Director of Curriculum and Association Clinical Professor at Bowling Green University. He was appointed to the new Professional Development Committee this past year and will now assume the role of Director and Chair of the Committee. 

The Academy thanks Dr. Gravano not only for her leadership since her election as Director of Professional Development in 2019, but also for her willingness to continue as a member of the Professional Development Committee through June 2024. With Dr. Gravano's relocation to University of Southern Florida in 2020 and recent increases in professional responsibilities, she believes the shift in role will better serve the professional development goals of the Academy.  

Pam Levangie
President, APTA Academy of Education
Dr. Tamara Gravano
Steven Lesh, PT, PhD
Call for Volunteers
ELC Program Co-Chair

The Academy is seeking applicants interested in serving as Program Committee Co-Chair for the annual Education Leadership Conference (ELC). The ELC Co-Chair is appointed for a 3-year term to work with the Academy’s other ELC co-chairs in conjunction with Academy staff and ACAPT’s ELC team. The full position description (recently modified with Board approval anticipated) can be found by clicking below.
Upon appointment, the new co-chair will begin to train with the current co-chair team on planning for ELC ’22 (October 28-30, Milwaukee, WI). The new appointee’s term will end on December 31st, 2024.

Candidates must submit a statement of interest for this position with a current curriculum vita via the Academy’s Volunteer Portal by Monday, April 4th. Respondents will be notified of the status of this appointment by mid-April.
DEI Liaison
The Academy is seeking applicants interested in serving as the Academy’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Liaison for a three (3) year term (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2024).

The DEI Liaison will (a) collaborate with APTA’s DEI Committee as needed; (b) interface with other DEI groups or initiatives as directed or approved by the Academy’s Executive Committee or Board, and (c) recommend internal or external DEI resources to populate a proposed DEI tab on the Academy website.

The new DEI Liaison will work with Board members (or a task force) to craft a position description for Board approval that will further define the scope of liaison responsibilities.

Candidates must submit a statement of interest for this position with a current curriculum vita via the Academy’s Volunteer Portal (click link below). The statement of interest should address previous experience with DEI initiatives and how the applicant might serve the Academy of Education specifically in this role. Submissions are due by Monday, April 4th; respondents will be notified of the status of this appointment by mid-April.
Abstract Reviewers

The Academy is seeking qualified individuals to volunteer time to review platform, poster, and/or educational presentations.

We appreciate your time and invite you to take part in the 2022 abstract review process by completing this form by Monday, March 21, 2022.

Completing this form will allow the conference program committees to determine and assign submitted abstracts to reviewers.

The review process is done electronically and each reviewer will have approximately 10-15 abstracts to review for a particular conference.

On behalf of Danille Parker and Cindy Utley (Academy ELC Chairs), Becky McKnight and Scott Euype (Academy CSM Chairs) and Michael Buck (CSM Poster/Platform Chair), thank you for your consideration.

We look forward to having you in our volunteer pool. If selected to be a reviewer, you will receive information by April 8, 2022.
PTAE SIG April Webinar
The final regular webinar of our 2021-2022 series will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 7:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST and Emily Reynolds and Nia Berner will present Powerhouse PTAs: Steps to Clinical Leadership.
In an ever-evolving healthcare arena, it can be easy to feel limited in your abilities to impact the world around you. This course will use the Core Values for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant as a scaffolding for building confidence in leadership and influence opportunities for PTAs in and beyond the clinical setting.

Please contact the Webinar Committee with any questions:

Visit the webinar page for registration:

Save the date for the debut of the
Journal of Physical Therapy Education Journal Club

Our first quarterly event will be:
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
6:30 -7:30 PM (EDT) 

We will be discussing Parts 1 and 2: Payment for Clinical Education Experiences from the December Issue of JOPTE. Authors Tawna Wilkinson and Peggy Gleeson and discussant Bob Rowe will join with participants for a discussion on this important topic. 

Registration materials will be forthcoming soon. 
APTA CSM Abstract and Proposal Submissions

APTA CSM 2023 will be held February 22-25, 2023
in San Diego, California.

Session Proposals
Submission Deadline: March 28, 2022 (11:59 p.m. PT)
(extended from March 14)

Submit Platform and Poster Abstracts
Submission Deadline: July 18, 2022 (11:59 pm PT)
The Call for Abstracts for ELC 2022 is now OPEN!

Deadline for Submissions: April 23, 2022

Physical Therapy Faculty Development Workshop
July 14-16, 2022
Chicago, IL

Registration is open!

The workshop will introduce novice faculty to their roles in the academy and facilitate their professional growth as faculty members. Participants will create a personal sustainable development plan that considers academic teaching, scholarship, and service responsibilities. Additionally, the workshop will assist participants in initiating and cultivating a network of academic colleagues among workshop participants and faculty. The importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging will be themes throughout.

Capacity is limited to 85. Register today!
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